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NE Texas Districts Get Their Report Cards

Texas districts got their first official A-F grades this week.

Note: This story has been updated to include information about districts not included in the original posting, and to clarify that some districts did not receive letter grades.

Texas Schools got their first official letter grades under the state’s controversial school report cards program. School districts were graded by the Texas Education Agency on an A to F scale that took into account three main factors:

Student Achievement, in which students were assessed through the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR test.

School Progress, which evaluates proficiency and growth in the district, plus school progress as compared to districts of similar socioeconomic status.

Closing the Gap, which looks at the successes of student groups such as those in special education or ESL, or who are economically disadvantaged.

Overall, school districts in the KETR listening area scored a lot of Bs. Most districts in eastern Collin County were given As, and there were a few Cs, mostly in smaller and more rural districts.

Three districts, Leonard, Quinlan, and Yantis were given overall Ds. 

Leonard ISD Superintendent Brad Mawell issued a statement about the district's grade:

Despite much concern from educators and stakeholders throughout the state, TEA released the new A-F Accountability Ratings today for all school districts.  While all four Leonard ISD campuses Met Standard, the district received a grade of 68 (D) overall.  Our district and community will not be defined by this letter grade.  We will focus on improving our targeted areas, but we have many outstanding highlights throughout our district that can't be measured by the STAAR test. These results do not show the learning experiences and educational opportunities our students receive on a daily basis in the classroom and beyond.
Data from the A-F system will be one of several indicators LISD will use to make all of our campuses better as we continue to put our students first. 

A breakdown of school districts in the region follows.

Grades in parentheses relate to the categories Student Achievement, Student Progress, and Closing the Gap, respectively.

  • Allen: A (A, A, A)
  • Alba Golden: B (B, B, B)
  • Anna: C (B, C, C)
  • Bells: A (A, A, A)
  • Bland A (A, A, A)
  • Blue Ridge: B (B, B, C)
  • Boles: B (B, C, B)
  • Bonham: C (C, D, D)
  • Caddo Mills: A (A, B, A)
  • Campbell: C (C, C, C)
  • Canton: B (A, B, B)
  • Celeste: B (B, B, B)
  • Chisum B (B, B, B)
  • Commerce: C (C, C, D)
  • Community: C (C, C, C)
  • Cooper: B (B, B, B)
  • Cumby: B (B, B, C)
  • Detroit: B (C, B, C)
  • Ector: B (B, B, B)
  • Edgewood: D (D, D, D)
  • Fannindel B (C, B, C)
  • Farmersville: B (B, B, C)
  • Fruitvale: C (B, B, D)
  • Gilmer: B (B, B, B)
  • Grand Saline: B (B, A, C)
  • Greenville: B (C, B, C)
  • Gunter: B (B, C, B)
  • Honey Grove: B (B, B, C)
  • Leonard: D (C, D, F)
  • Lone Oak: B (B, C, B)

  • McKinney: A (B, B, A)

  • Melissa: A (A, A, A)

  • Mt. Vernon: B (B, B, B)

  • North Hopkins: C (C, B, C)
  • North Lamar: C (C, C, C)
  • Paris: B (B, B, B)
  • Prairiland B (B, B, C)
  • Princeton: A (B, A, A)
  • Quinlan: D (C, C, F)
  • Quitman: B (B, B, B)
  • Rains: C (C, C, C)
  • Rockwall: A (A, B, A)
  • Royse City: B (B, C, B)
  • Sam Rayburn C (c, C, C)
  • Savoy: C (B, C, C)
  • Sherman: C (B, B, C)
  • Sulphur Springs: B (B, B, B)
  • Trenton: B (B, C, B)
  • Van Alstyne: A (A, A, A)
  • Whitewright: B (B, B, B)
  • Winnsboro: B (B, C, C)
  • Wolfe City: B (B, B, B)
  • Wylie: A (A, A, A)
  • Yantis: D (C, D, D)

Como-Pickton, Dodd City, Miller Grove, Roxton, Saltillo, and Sulphur Bluff and other smaller districts were not given letter grades, but rather an M, P, or I mark, depending on whether the district met or was proficient in certain requirements, or needed to improve. All the districts mentioned above received M marks.
The full report from the Texas Education Agency is available by clicking here.

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Scott Morgan has been an award-winning journalist since 2001. His work has appeared in several newspapers and magazines as well as online. He has also been an editor, freelancer, speaker, writing teacher, author, and podcaster.